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Brady HokeMichigan’s last share of the Big Ten title occurred in 2004, but the Wolverines appear to be inching closer to a return to the top of the conference.

Coach Brady Hoke is assembling some of the nation’s top talent on the recruiting trail, while the offense should thrive under the leadership of junior quarterback Devin Gardner. The offensive line has a few holes to fill, but the return of tackle Taylor Lewan should allow the Wolverines to maintain a solid foundation in the trenches.

Hoke and coordinator Greg Mattison have some work to do on defense, especially on the line. Linebacker Jake Ryan’s status for 2013 is uncertain with a torn ACL, but sophomore James Ross is a future star and is due for a bigger role in the linebacking corps this year.

What will Michigan's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Michigan's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

GameSteven
Lassan
Brent
Yarina
David
Fox
Kevin
McGuire
Braden
Gall
Mark
Ross
8/31 Central Michigan
9/7 Notre Dame
9/14 Akron
9/21 at Connecticut
10/5 Minnesota
10/12 at Penn State
10/19 Indiana
11/2 at Michigan State
11/9 Nebraska
11/16 at Northwestern
11/23 at Iowa
11/30 Ohio State
Final Projection10-29-310-210-210-210-2

 

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
With Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan all capable of winning the division crown, the Legends Division will be one of the toughest leagues in the nation this year. I’m picking the Wolverines to win the division and play in a BCS bowl with a 10-2 record. However, there’s no question this will be a difficult road for Brady Hoke’s team. Even though the offensive line is a concern, promising redshirt freshman Ben Braden and Kyle Kalis could turn the interior into a strength with some seasoning early in the year. And true freshman running back Derrick Green could end up as one of the team’s top playmakers by midseason. With Hoke and Greg Mattison calling the shots, Michigan should finish in the top four of total and scoring defense in the Big Ten – even with six new starters stepping into the lineup. If the Wolverines can get by Notre Dame on Sept. 7, the Wolverines should be 7-0 going into November. However, the real test for Michigan comes in the final month, as road tests at Michigan State and Northwestern won’t be easy, along with home affairs against Nebraska and Ohio State. Assuming the Wolverines win the Legends Division, it could set up an interesting Big Ten Championship with the rival Buckeyes.
 

Brent Yarina, Big Ten Network, (@BTNBrentYarina)
When it comes to Michigan this season, 9-3 sounds right. Brady Hoke has the Wolverines trending in the right direction (take a look at his recruiting success), but it looks like he’ll have to wait at least one more season to play for his first Big Ten title. While Michigan figures to be in the race for the Legends Division crown, along with Nebraska and Northwestern, its schedule is more daunting than the Huskers, arguably its top competition. That said, there’s plenty of talent in Ann Arbor, so if highly touted freshman RB Derrick Green makes an immediate impact, the revamped defensive line provides some kind of pass rush and stud linebacker Jake Ryan returns from a torn ACL sooner than later, Michigan could be much better than this prediction.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)

It’s tough to find one of these game-by-game picks pieces that I’ve flip-flopped on more than Michigan. First, I changed my mind on Ohio State. I'd bet Carlos Hyde and Bradley Roby are playing in that game, but I'm not as bullish on Ohio State as I once was. I’m a bit worried about overrating a team walked the tightrope for most of 2012. But back to Michigan: The Wolverines are good enough to defeat each team on the schedule, but not every game on the schedule. I like Michigan to defeat Notre Dame early in the season even though that defense is going to be a major test for Devin Gardner. Notre Dame’s still putting the offense on Tommy Rees shoulders, at least at this stage of the year. I picked the two losses — Michigan State and Northwestern — simply because someone has to defeat Michigan this season. Michigan State lost 12-10 in Ann Arbor and will be a tough out on defense. We all know what Northwestern can do on offense with Venric Mark and Kain Colter. The Michigan game last year was one of many Northwestern had right in its grasp.

Kevin McGuire (@KevinonCFB), No2MinuteWarning.com and NittanyLionsDen.com
Michigan returning to a more traditional offensive style this season should serve the Wolverines well, but don't be totally fooled by a good start to the season. Devin Gardner as the full time quarterback from the start of the season will keep things balanced but the Wolverines will have to find a rhythm on offense. The defense was ranked second in the Big Ten last season but there is still room to improve before the Wolverines become a lock-down defense that suffocates the opposing offense. In 2013 they should have enough to pull together a nice first half, highlighted by a home victory over Notre Dame and a road win at Penn State. The question will be what kind of state are they in for the second half, which I predict will be somewhat painful down the stretch. If they are not careful, the Northwestern game could easily slip away from them. The same goes for Nebraska.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

The Legends Division crown will most likely be decided on November 9 in Ann Arbor when Nebraska comes to town. However, the rest of Nebraska's schedule is nothing like Michigan's. So even if Michigan defeats the Big Red, it still likely needs to be at 10 or even 11 wins heading into the season finale with Ohio State to win a trip to Indianapolis. The offense under Devin Gardner won't be an issue at all but the defense needs to prove it has the depth and toughness to beat teams like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska. There are too many tricky road upset alerts on this schedule — at Michigan State, Penn State and Nothwestern — to pick this team to be in the top 10.

Mark Ross
If Michigan takes care of business at home against Notre Dame, the Wolverines should then be sitting pretty entering November. A trip to Happy Valley won't be easy, but this is not the same Penn State team that opened many eyes last fall. Michigan's Big Ten season likely comes down to the Nov. 9 showdown with Nebraska in the Big House. I'll give the Maize and Blue the edge because of home field, although I do think they will be a little flat the following Saturday in Evanston. Regardless, the win over the Cornhuskers should be enough to help Brady Hoke's team claim the Legends Division title, which will take some of the sting out of a season-ending loss at home to Ohio State. Fret not Wolverine fans, if everything goes according to plan, your beloved team will get another shot at the hated Buckeyes the very next week. Only this time the game will be Indianapolis and the stakes could be even higher.

 

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Michigan Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013
Post date: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 07:21
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Oklahoma Sooners, Big 12, News
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2013 is shaping up to be an interesting year in the Big 12. Six or seven teams have a case to be picked No. 1, so this could be one of the more entertaining (and wide-open) conference title races in the nation.

Oklahoma has won at least 10 games in six out of the last seven years, but the Sooners won’t start out as the favorite to win the Big 12 title. For most, that distinction belongs to their in-state rival Oklahoma State or a Texas team that finally seems to be pointed in the right direction.

Although the Sooners weren’t picked at media days as the preseason conference favorite, Bob Stoops’ team will be in the thick of the Big 12 title discussion this year. New quarterback Blake Bell will have his growing pains, but the junior should be solid once he gets more experience under his belt. The defense has to be concerned about the lack of depth in the trenches, but there’s still plenty of talent to help keep Oklahoma in the mix for 10 or more wins in 2013.

What will Oklahoma's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Oklahoma's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

GameSteven
Lassan
Chris
Williams
Allen
Kenney
Braden
Gall
David
Fox
Mark
Ross
8/31 ULM
9/7 West Virginia
9/14 Tulsa
9/28 at Notre Dame
10/5 TCU
10/12 Texas (Dallas)
10/19 at Kansas
10/26 Texas Tech
11/7 at Baylor
11/16 Iowa State
11/23 at Kansas State
12/7 at Oklahoma State
Final Projection9-39-39-310-210-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Anything from 8-4 to 11-1 is possible with Oklahoma this year. With the rest of the Big 12 also in transition, the Sooners shouldn’t slide too much in the win column after finishing 10-3 last season. Oklahoma’s Big 12 title hopes will rest on the development of quarterback Blake Bell, along with a defense that ranked ninth in the Big 12 in rush yards allowed and 50th nationally in points allowed in 2012. The defense isn’t short on talent, but the Sooners have to be concerned with the depth in the trenches, along with how three new starters in the secondary blend together. Until the defense finds its footing, Oklahoma will need to lean on an offense that has one of the nation’s top lines, along with a deep group of receivers and running backs. Bell has to prove he can be more than just a specialty package quarterback, but games against ULM, Tulsa and West Virginia will give him an opportunity to get comfortable as the starter, especially before key contests against Notre Dame, TCU and Texas. And it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Big 12 title is decided on Dec. 7 in the Bedlam series with Oklahoma State.

Chris Williams, (@ChrisMWilliams), CycloneFanatic.com

This is a team that will go as far as its quarterback allows it to go in 2013. While I’m assuming that Blake Bell (assuming he wins the job) isn’t Landry Jones, I also don’t see him as a bust either. Due to the fact that Norman has, is and always will be one of the toughest places to play in all of college football, that sure helps mask the fact that Bob Stoops has to replace one of the best signal-callers in program history along with a load of defensive players. I see the Sooners getting through its first five games unscathed with a loss to Texas in the Red River Shootout. But should OU pull that rivalry game off then watch out. All in all, I see this a very Bob Stoops-like season in 2013 for the Sooners in route to a solid 9-3 finish.


Allen Kenney, @BlatantHomerismBlatantHomerism.com
Oklahoma appears to have hit a plateau as of late, and I don't think that changes this year. The Sooners will be breaking in a new quarterback - most likely Blake Bell - and have some serious work to do in getting their defense back up to par. On top of that, they have one of the most difficult schedules in the country, catching almost all of their best opponents away from Norman.

Six games look like coin flips to me: at Notre Dame, TCU, Texas, at Baylor, at Kansas St. and at Oklahoma St. I'd peg the Sooners to go 3-3 in that stretch; the harder part is figuring out which of those are Ws and which are Ls. No matter where the losses come from, I don't see this team winning the conference.

Bob Stoops might get a bounce in the public opinion polls with a bowl win. Still, you can bet that the debate about his ability to get the Sooners back to the top of the college football world will only intensify with that kind of season.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Bob Stoops is playing it coy about his starting quarterback, but there is no reason the uber-talented Blake Bell won't be a star this year in Norman. The offensive line is strong and the playmakers are a-plenty so the offense should be in great shape. However, it is the defense that is trending in the wrong direction and returns only four starters. But when in doubt, go with Stoops over most any other coach in the Big 12. The key to a league title for Oklahoma will be what happens in the Big 12 and whether or not an 8-1 record be good enough to win the league. The Sooners could easily win the league even with a loss to Oklahoma State. This will be one of the most wide-open conferences in the nation and it means the Crimson and Cream could lose to Texas, Baylor, Kansas State and the Pokes — or run the table and finish unbeaten in the league.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)

The most important game on Oklahoma’s schedule may be the TCU game. The early part of the schedule isn’t easy. ULM, West Virginia and Tulsa will all test the Oklahoma defense, though I’d expect the Sooners to handle all three. A trip to South Bend will be tough and the first major test for the new Oklahoma QB. TCU, though, will set the tone for the rest of the Big 12 season. The Horned Frogs are legitimate conference contenders. Like Notre Dame, TCU has a defensive front that matches up with Oklahoma’s strength on the offensive line. With that game back in Norman, I’m taking the Sooners. After that, I’m picking Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout until Texas proves me wrong. For the final month of the season, Oklahoma will have to avoid a Big 12 road loss, something that’s been tough for the Sooners in recent years. Baylor may be the tougher matchup for Oklahoma than Kansas State in 2013, but I’ve picked OU to win both. That may set up a de facto Big 12 title game against Oklahoma State. Why did I pick the Cowboys? This season, I think we can consider the rivals on equal footing, and I’ll go with the home team if we’re going to make these picks in July.

Mark Ross

Oklahoma is somewhat hard to figure out since they have an unproven starting quarterback in Blake Bell and only four starters returning on defense. That said, there is no lack of talent in Norman on either side of the ball, which is why I think Bob Stoops will find a way to get 10 wins in the regular season.

This victory total includes beating Notre Dame in South Bend, although I do have the Sooners falling at home to TCU the next week. OU will rebound nicely against Texas in the Red River Shootout and finish out strong, losing only to Oklahoma State to close the regular season out.

As optimistic as I am on this seemingly mysterious team, I will say that the Sooners' margin of error is probably as small as it has been since Stoops has been in charge. By that I mean, 10-2 could easily end up being 8-4 or worse, especially if Bell doesn't pan out as a passer and the defense experiences sustained stretches of growing pains.


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Oklahoma Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013
Post date: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 07:15
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Ole Miss Rebels, SEC, News
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An Ole Miss chrome helmet made its rounds on the internet a week ago, but it doesn’t appear the Rebels will be wearing that version anytime soon.

But what about a powder blue version? Ole Miss previously wore a similar variation, in the 1980s and 90s, but switched to its darker blue scheme in 1995.

This photo was tweeted by Bruce Johnston, Ole Miss’ coordinator of recruiting development, but Kyle Campbell, the Rebels' sports information director, has already indicated there is no plan to wear the powder blue helmets.

Who knows, maybe Ole Miss will break out this version in the future. But for now, it’s simply another concept floating around. 

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A relatively quiet day around college football as Big Ten Media Days winds down in Chicago. 

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Wednesday, July 25th
 

Can Kliff Kingsbury replicate Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald's path?


Penn State and West Virginia are close to finalizing a home-and-home series.

Saturday Down South ranks the cornerbacks in the SEC for 2013.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr played all of 2012 with an abdominal tear.
 

Texas receiver Cayleb Jones has decided to transfer.

How will Kansas State rebuild its defense?

Will California running back Brendan Bigelow be ready to go in fall practice?

Crystal Ball Run breaks down the latest in the Carlos Hyde saga at Ohio State.

Tight end Christo Kourtzidis is transferring from Florida State. 

JUCO recruits are hit-or-miss in the Big 12.

Thankfully, there is no end in sight to the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry.

Here's an excellent Q and A with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Georgia's coordinators enter 2013 with contrasting outlooks.

If Division 4 is created, expect the American to fight to be involved. And on the same subject, Southern Miss coach Todd Monken had some interesting thoughts on an NCAA split.

Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has already served his day in jail as a result of an off-the-field incident this summer.

An Oregon State cornerback was dismissed from the team this week.

What are some of the key questions and answers for Oklahoma State this year?

Maryland's linebackers have some big shoes to fill in 2013.

Tulane is expected to add a LSU transfer for the 2013 season.

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College Football's Link Roundup: July 24
Post date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 14:49
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Buffalo launched a rebranding effort this summer, and the team debuted its new jerseys and helmets for 2013 at MAC Media Days.

The Bulls are hoping to brand themselves as the State University of New York, and the new jerseys reflect the rebranding effort with a patch just above the number.

It’s not a huge change, but an interesting effort by Buffalo.

(Photos tweeted by (@JasonAmessenger)



 

And here is Buffalo's new helmet for 2013

 

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Post date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 11:30
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Miami, Ohio is making a pretty drastic switch to its uniforms for 2013.

And needless to say, it’s quite an interesting change, as the RedHawks are adding a chrome helmet with the block M in front (instead of the sides as in previous years). Miami is also adding the school’s name across the shoulder pads.

Credit Miami, Ohio for trying something different, but I think I would prefer the RedHawks old jerseys.

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 10:00
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Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff are on an annual coaches treat in Chattanooga, but that didn’t stop the third-year head coach from having a little fun.

Franklin took the challenge of jumping from a 50-foot cliff into the lake, and it was all captured on film thanks to receivers coach Josh Gattis and player personnel coach Andy Frank.

Check out James Franklin’s jump from a 50-foot cliff:
 

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Post date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 07:25
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Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary was involved in a scary motorcycle accident in early May, but details of the crash have been kept largely quiet for the last two months. O'Leary was not seriously injured in the crash, which is hard to believe considering the collision that occurred between his motorcycle and car.

Thanks to some excellent reporting from TomahawkNation.com, the video from the incident and a few more details about the wreck was just released.

And needless to say, it’s great to see O’Leary walk away from the scene after what could have been a serious injury.

 

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Austin Seferian-JenkinsThe Pac-12 North is viewed as a two-team race in 2013. Oregon and Stanford are the class of the North, but there are a lot of eyes on Washington this year.

The Huskies have a revamped and improved Husky Stadium after spending a year in the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, and Washington will open with Boise State on Aug. 31. But the Huskies didn’t draw a favorable conference slate, as they catch Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA in crossover play, with road trips to Oregon State and Stanford also on the Pac-12 schedule.

With a challenging schedule, Washington needs a big year from quarterback Keith Price. After throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, Price tossed 13 interceptions and regressed in yardage (2,728) last year. Price didn’t have a lot of help from his offensive line in 2012, which is still a concern heading into this year.
 

What will Washington's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Washington's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

GameSteven
Lassan
Mark
Ross
David
Fox
Kyle
Kensing
Braden
Gall
8/31 Boise State
9/14 Illinois (Chicago)
9/21 Idaho State
9/28 Arizona
10/5 at Stanford
10/12 Oregon
10/19 at Arizona State
10/26 California
11/9 Colorado
11/15 at UCLA
11/23 at Oregon State
11/29 Washington State
Final Projection8-47-57-58-48-4

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Considering how difficult Washington’s schedule is, it’s very possible the Huskies are a better team, but the progress won’t show in the win column. Much of Washington’s success in 2013 will ride on an improved offensive line, along with the return of quarterback Keith Price to an All-Pac-12 level. Just how difficult is the schedule? Well, there could be four losses on first glance: at Stanford, Oregon, at Arizona State and at UCLA. And games at Oregon State and home against Boise State are tossups or swing games. With the status of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and receiver Kasen Williams uncertain for the opener against the Broncos, I’m going to lean slightly with Boise State on Aug. 31. But I’m going to give Washington – especially with Seferian-Jenkins and Williams back in the lineup – a win over Oregon State on Nov. 23. After three consecutive seven-win seasons, the Huskies find a way to get to eight wins and finish third in the Pac-12 North in 2013.


Mark Ross
I like this Washington team, as I think the offense, with quarterback Keith Price, running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins leading the way, has a chance to do some damage. The defense also has a lot of talent and experience returning. The problem I see for the Huskies this season, however, is their schedule. Washington opens by hosting Boise State in brand-new Husky Stadium. Unfortunately, I don't see that one going Steve Sarkisian's way, and October is shaping up to be a pretty rough month as well with Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State lined up in a row.

Getting to six wins shouldn't be a problem for this team. The thing to watch is if these Huskies are able to pull of an upset or two along the way, such as on the road against Oregon State or UCLA. The potential is there for eight or even nine wins, but to get there Washington has to show up for the big games (lost to both Arizona and Oregon on the road last season by a combined score of 104-38) and must win the Apple Cup at home against in-state rival Washington State, something the Huskies did not do last season.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
If Washington is going to get over that 7-6 hump where the Huskies have been stuck the last three seasons, they’re going to have to win on the road. That hasn’t been easy — Washington is 6-11 on the road the last three years. It’s hard to believe Washington defeated Stanford last season, but that’s not going to happen again in Palo Alto with the Cardinal’s offensive line against Washington’s weakness on the defensive front. After that, the Huskies have three winnable Pac-12 road games in Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State. Washington's defense was one of the most improved units in the country last season (from 6.2 yards per play in Pac-12 games to 5.3). The skill positions are among the best in the league at receiver, running back and tight end. Four linemen are back. That puts the onus on Keith Price, who underachieved last season. I’ll pick Washington to beat Oregon State, which is minus lockdown corner Jordan Poyer.

Kyle Kensing, Saturday Blitz (@Kensing45)
Great recruiting classes add up to equal talent and experience on what is easily the best Washington team of the Steve Sarkisian era. He will finally get over the seven-win mark, but the question is by how much?

Justin Wilcox led a remarkable one-year turnaround of the defense that should carry over into 2013. Unfortunately for the Huskies, offensive regression coincided with the defensive improvement to keep UW from meeting its potential. Keith Price must bounce back to his 2011 level of play for UW to elevate from a good, second tier Pac-12 team to a legitimate Rose Bowl contender. We should get a sense of where the Huskies are immediately against always-outstanding Boise State, which beat UW in the final game of last season.

The Huskies' four-game stretch to open Pac-12 play is season-defining. They open at home with two teams that beat them last year, Arizona and Oregon, and must travel to face defending conference champion Stanford, then travel to face an Arizona State that is my pick to win the South. Coming out of that spell 2-2 would be a major win. Should UW go 3-1, it positions itself at a run for the conference championship game.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
If Coach Sark can combine his offense from 2011 with his defense in 2012, this team might be capable of winning the Pac-12. The defensive coaching changes made last year were wildly effective and this unit should once again be salty. Keith Price, however, needs to revert to his record-setting form from two years ago — and there is no reason to think that won't happen considering his now healthy O-line and talented supporting skill cast. Late season road games with Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State will determine if this team is a 9-10 win team or a 6-7 win team. I will go right in the middle.

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The Big Ten Media Days are underway in Chicago, but the news continues from around the rest of college football.

Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)


College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Wednesday, July 24th


Mike Leach blasts the new targeting rule.

A timeline has been set for the renovation of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium.

Virginia Tech's new coaches have brought a "culture shock" to the team.

It sounds like Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wants his fanbase to start contacting recruits. What?

The Mountain West Conference is still trying to negotiate a television home for its conference championship game.

Who are the top breakout candidates for Washington in 2013?

How will Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin split the quarterback duties for TCU in 2013?

An Arizona safety was dismissed from the team after being charged with four felonies.

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks had his request for a medical redshirt approved. 

One of Minnesota's offensive linemen has decided to give up football.

Rob Moseley previews Oregon's depth chart at running back for 2013.

Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti was arrested in early May after a traffic incident.

Old Dominion and UNC Charlotte are having a bitter schedule dispute.

David Watford appears to be the frontrunner for Virginia's starting quarterback spot.

Why is Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones only a two-down player?


Houston plans on naming its starting quarterback two weeks into fall camp.

Texas quarterback David Ash says he played with broken ribs against TCU last season.

Where would Boise State fit if college football's top five conferences form their own division?
 

Kansas could be without one of its top linebacker recruits this season, and the status of receiver Nick Harwell is still unsettled.

UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will retire from football.
 

Here's an excellent roundup from SB Nation on some of the hot topics from ACC Media Days.

Former Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is getting closer to finding his next home. 

Seven Nevada players are no longer on the roster.

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College Football's Link Roundup: July 24
Post date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 14:29
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The college football season is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for fantasy drafts. College fantasy leagues aren't as popular as their NFL counterparts, but there is plenty of interest in the college game each season. Need a witty or funny team name to impress your league counterparts? Check out these funny 45 college fantasy team names for 2013.

Jadeveon ClowneyClowney Question, Bro

Chubb Small World After All

Treadwell Lightly

Gurley Man

Tajh.0

50 Shades of Johnathan Gray

(Rashad) Greene With Envy

(Tyler) Lockett Up

(Yawin) Smallwood Needs Lovin' Too

Jackson Turner Overdrive

Too Many Brandin Cooks in the Kitchen

The League's Ameer (Abdullah) Player

In A Major Quandre (Diggs)

Shaq Attack

Max BulloughTo the Max Bullough

Calvin and the Chipmunks

Ring My Blake Bell

The Mighty Casey Pachall Strikes Out

Kiss My David Ash

Eric Ward of the State

Tevin Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

2 Much Johnson For You

Lache Key Kid

Jeckle & Carlos Hyde

My Posse's on (Terrance) Broadway

Chuckie Cheeses

Vad Case of Loving You

Keeping Up with The Butch Joneses

(Matt) Rhule Girls, One Cup

Jameis WinstonFamous Jameis

Johnny Come Lately

Everett Golson's Tutors

NCAA Playoffs?!

Mad Hatters

Tuscaluminati

Michigan Men

Herb Kirkstreit

Nkemdiche M'kay

Hotty Toddy Hotties

Colonel Reb Is Smiling

USC Sweater Puppies

Neon Nike Ducks

Black Mambas

Houndstooth Bears

Kingsbury Skinny Jeans



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Houston is making the move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

And the Cougars will have some new uniforms to showcase in their new conference. This photo tweeted by (@UHCougarFB) indicates the program will have eight combinations to wear in 2013.

Personally, my favorite is the all red look. Check out Houston’s new uniforms for 2013:

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Earlier this offseason, Baylor released photos of its bright (and very shiny) gold helmet. There was plenty of buzz about the helmets then, but the attention ramped up during Big 12 Media Days.


In case you missed the photos circulating online of Baylor’s gold helmet, here’s a good look tweeted by (@Leabonics).

Some aren't a fan of the metallic gold look, but I think these are a pretty good addition for Baylor, especially as the program continues to increase its national profile under coach Art Briles.

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Fresno State is making a slight uniform upgrade for 2013. The Bulldogs aren’t doing away with their traditional white and red uniforms, but they will be adding a black uniform to the rotation. Fresno State plans to wear all black against Nevada on Nov. 2.

As this photo tweeted by (@UniWatch) showcases, this is a pretty solid look (especially the helmets) for Fresno State.

 

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Alabama’s athletic facility recently got a makeover. And needless to say, the renovations are ridiculous.

As this video showcases, there are plenty of new features for the players, including a lounge with pool tables and an arcade. And there’s a new locker room, a hallway showcasing all of the first-round draft picks under Nick Saban at Alabama, along with an updated weight room.

Every team in college football is chasing Alabama right now. And as these facilities show, the Crimson Tide will continue to attract and develop elite talent into future first-round draft picks.

 

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Tommy ReesDespite Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, there’s little doubt coach Brian Kelly has the Fighting Irish back on the right track.

Notre Dame’s hopes of repeating its undefeated regular season mark from last year took a hit after spring practice, as quarterback Everett Golson was suspended and won’t play in 2013. With Golson out of the picture, Kelly and coordinator Chuck Martin will turn to senior Tommy Rees once again. Rees played well in limited spots last year but will be throwing to a young receiving corps in 2013.

While the offense has a few question marks, the defense is expected to be one of the best in the nation once again. Eight starters are back for coordinator Bob Diaco, including end Stephon Tuitt and tackle Louis Nix III.

Notre Dame’s has one of the nation’s most difficult slates, as 11 bowl teams appear on the schedule for 2013.

What will Notre Dame's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Notre Dame's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions


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8/31 Temple
9/7 at Michigan
9/14 at Purdue
9/21 Michigan State
9/28 Oklahoma
10/5 Arizona State (Arlington)
10/19 USC
10/26 at Air Force
11/2 Navy
11/9 at Pittsburgh
11/23 BYU
11/30 at Stanford
Final Projection10-29-39-39-3


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Matching last year’s 12-1 mark is going to be a difficult task for Notre Dame. However, the Fighting Irish still have enough talent to finish 10-2 and qualify for a BCS bowl. Sure, the offense is going to be a struggle at times, but coach Brian Kelly did an excellent job at Cincinnati of mixing and matching quarterbacks to get the right results. While Rees will start, true freshman Malik Zaire could see some time in 2013. Notre Dame should be fine at running back, and the offensive line is solid with three starters back. The defense will miss linebacker Manti Te’o, but with eight starters back, the Fighting Irish figure to be a top-10 unit once again. There’s no question the schedule is among the nation’s best. However, I think Notre Dame will be able to squeeze 10 wins and play in a BCS bowl for the second consecutive season.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Notre Dame's title hopes took a huge blow when Everett Golson was dismissed from school back in May. This was a top-10 team with a top-10 defense and a developing star at quarterback. I had the Irish at 11-1 and sniffing around the outskirts of the BCS National Championships conversation with Golson under center. Now I have concerns about the offense competing against the better offenses — Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Stanford. The defensive line will carry this team to wins most weekends, but the offense will have to win a close game or two and I don't see Tommy Rees doing that. Look for Malik Zaire to enter the starting lineup after a loss to Arizona State on a fast track in Cowboys Stadium on October 5.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
It’s obvious to say, but so much of this season is going to depend on the quarterback situation. Notre Dame may end up missing Everett Golson more than Manti Te’o. The defense will be fine, especially up front. Whether Notre Dame turns to Tommy Rees or the freshman Malik Zaire, the quarterback position is going to be hard-pressed to lead a 10-win effort, particularly with road games against quality opponents like Michigan and Stanford. I’d pick Notre Dame to split the games against Oklahoma and Arizona State. I’ve picked Arizona State because the Sun Devils have a bit of momentum, the game’s on a neutral site and Todd Graham has done OK against Notre Dame and Brian Kelly in the past.

Mark Ross
If Brian Kelly wants to lead Notre Dame back to a BCS bowl, the Fighting Irish need at least nine wins in the regular season to remain in the conversation. I think that's exactly where this team will land by the end of November after navigating a rugged schedule. Road games in Ann Arbor and Stanford won't be easy and the Irish also can't look past Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In fact, I think Notre Dame's postseason destiny could likely come down to back-to-back games against Oklahoma at home and the neutral-site matchup with the Sun Devils. Win both and the Irish should be well-positioned for another BCS berth. Lose both and any hopes of a repeat appearance are all but gone. A split isn't a season-breaker, necessarily, but it certainly decreases Notre Dame's margin of error the rest of the way.

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Jameis WinstonEvery year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.

The ACC has a solid group of players waiting to break out in 2013, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The redshirt freshman already has an enormous preseason buzz thanks to a strong performance this spring, but his emergence will keep the Seminoles in the hunt for a top-10 finish in the final BCS standings and a big-time bowl in 2013. On the defensive side, Clemson safety Travis Blanks and Virginia’s Eli Harold are two players to watch this year.

Defining what is a breakout player is nearly impossible. Everyone has a different perspective on how players are viewed around the conference and nationally. Athlon's list of breakout players for 2013 tries to take into account which names will be known nationally (not just within the conference) by the end of season. So while some of these players on this list are known to fans of a particular team, the rest of the conference or nation might not be as familiar. 

ACC Breakout Players for 2013

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s offensive line has been under the spotlight over the last few years, as the unit has struggled to find consistency. And there's plenty of work ahead for coach Paul Chryst, as the Panthers allowed 38 sacks last season and must replace center Ryan Turnley and guard Chris Jacobson. However, there’s reason for hope in the trenches for 2013. True freshman Dorian Johnson could stabilize the right side, and the coaching staff is excited about the potential of Bisnowaty at left tackle. After spending last year as a redshirt, the Pittsburgh native is poised to start from the opening snap and protect the blindside for quarterback Tom Savage.

Travis Blanks, S, Clemson
The ACC doesn’t have many returning standouts at safety this year, so there’s an opportunity for players like Blanks to become a household name by the end of 2013. The Tallahassee native was regarded as a top-15 recruit by ESPN in the 2012 signing class, and the Clemson coaching staff wasted no time getting him on the field. Blanks played in 13 contests and recorded 51 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception in 2012. He was named Clemson’s defensive player of the game against Ball State and recorded eight stops in the 49-37 loss to Florida State. With the Tigers entering their second season under coordinator Brent Venables, this unit expects to take a step forward in 2013 and should finish higher than seventh in the ACC in yards allowed. If Blanks builds off a strong freshman effort, he could be one of the conference’s top safeties in 2013.

Anthony Boone, QB, Duke
Duke coach David Cutcliffe has an excellent track record when it comes to developing quarterbacks, so it’s no surprise most around Durham aren’t sweating the transition from Sean Renfree to Boone. The junior shined in limited work last season, which included an impressive 212-yard and four touchdown performance in a 42-17 win over Virginia last year. Boone was steady as a passer in limited work in 2012, but he also gives Duke more of a running threat at quarterback. Even though Renfree and receiver Conner Vernon will be missed, Boone’s emergence will keep Duke’s offense performing at a high level once again in 2013.

Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Bromley has developed into a steady performer for Syracuse’s defensive line, and in his senior year, the New York native is poised to push for all-conference honors. In 13 games last season, Bromley recorded 39 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. The 2012 numbers were a slight improvement from 2011, as Bromley made 32 stops and 1.5 sacks in his first year as a starter. As a defensive tackle, Bromley isn’t going to record huge tackle or sack totals. However, after battling an ankle injury last year, the senior is poised to jump onto the radar for NFL scouts and is expected to be a key piece in Syracuse’s defense. 

Deon Bush, S, Miami
Finding answers on defense is the top priority for Miami coach Al Golden this offseason. The Hurricanes ranked last in the ACC in rushing, pass and total defense, and coordinator Mark D’Onofrio will have seven new full-time starters stepping into the lineup. Bush was one of the few bright spots for Miami last year, as he recorded 34 stops, three forced fumbles and one tackle for a loss. Even though he’s only a sophomore, Bush should be a leader in Miami’s secondary in 2013 and is expected to push for All-ACC honors.

Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest
Eight starters are back for the Demon Deacons defense, which should easily allow this unit to improve off of a lackluster 2012 campaign. Chubb played sparingly in his redshirt freshman campaign and finished the year with 22 tackles in 12 contests. The sophomore has excellent bloodlines, as his father (Aaron) played at Georgia from 1985-88 and was drafted by the Patriots in 1989. Chubb made his biggest impact on special teams last season but is slated to slide into the starting lineup on defense in 2013. If Chubb translates his production and potential from special teams to defense, Wake Forest’s linebacking corps could be among the best in the ACC.

Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Even with Xavier Rhodes departing Tallahassee for the NFL, Florida State’s secondary should be among the nation’s best in 2013. Lamarcus Joyner will slide from safety to corner to help replace Rhodes, but Darby’s emergence is another factor helping to keep the Seminoles near the top of the ACC in pass defense. The Maryland native was solid in his debut season, recording 22 tackles and eight pass breakups. Darby missed spring practice due to injury, but the sophomore should slide into a starting spot over Nick Waisome this fall. New coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will make some tweaks to Florida State’s defense, which is expected to include more press coverage. All signs point to Darby emerging as one of the ACC’s top cornerbacks this year.

Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
The Seminoles lose four key players from a defensive line that played a significant role in finishing first in the ACC in rush defense, along with ranking sixth nationally in points allowed. While ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine will be missed, there’s no shortage of talent returning to Tallahassee. The next star on Florida State’s line should be Edwards, who was pressed into action after an early-season injury to Brandon Jenkins. Although it was a small sample size, Edwards showcased why he was one of the top recruits in the 2012 signing class, recording 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss. With a full offseason to work in the weight room and learn under new ends coach Sal Sunseri, Edwards is primed for a breakout year in Tallahassee.

Alex Figueroa, LB, Miami
Much like every area on the Miami defense, the linebacking corps has plenty of room to improve in 2013. And this unit will feature a revamped starting trio in 2013, as Gionni Paul and Eddie Johnson did not return to the team. Junior Denzel Perryman is a good place to start the rebuilding effort, but the Hurricanes are excited about the potential of Figueroa. The true freshman finished spring practice as a starter on the depth chart and appears poised to hold onto the job this fall. At 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Figueroa has the size to provide some much-needed punch to Miami’s lackluster run defense.

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
It’s an overused cliché, but Virginia’s defense should be more aggressive in 2013. Jon Tenuta joins the Cavaliers’ staff from NC State, and the veteran coordinator has promised to turn up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year. Harold should benefit from the change in schemes and is expected to be the unit’s top pass-rusher. In 12 games last year as a true freshman, Harold recorded 36 stops, two sacks and one forced fumble. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, the Virginia native has the athleticism to be a standout pass-rusher and could easily triple his sack total from last season under Tenuta’s direction.

Demitri Knowles, WR, Virginia Tech
After finishing third in the ACC in total offense in 2011, the Hokies backtracked in 2012, ranking ninth in the conference. As a result of the struggles, coach Frank Beamer decided to revamp his offensive staff, with Scot Loeffler coming over from Auburn to call the plays. Loeffler is tasked with getting quarterback Logan Thomas back on track, but Thomas also needs more help from his supporting cast. The Hokies must replace their top three receivers from last year, including Marcus Davis (51 catches) and Corey Fuller (43 receptions). Knowles grabbed 19 receptions for 240 yards and one score as a true freshman and returned one kickoff for a score. D.J. Coles is back after missing most of last year with a knee injury, but the pressure is on Knowles to be one of the go-to (if not No. 1) targets for Virginia Tech.

Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech
Fans of the ACC are certainly familiar with Lee, but the rest of the college football world should take notice of the sophomore in 2013. The North Carolina native did not record a start under center but played in 12 of Georgia Tech’s 14 contests. Lee threw for 596 yards and four touchdowns and showcased his athleticism by averaging 5.7 yards per carry on 96 attempts. He scored nine times on 96 attempts and had a 79-yard run against Presbyterian. Lee doesn’t have to be a dynamic thrower in Georgia Tech’s option attack, but he should be an upgrade in the passing attack over Tevin Washington.

Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
After Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford shined under the tutelage of coordinator Chad Morris, it's easy to pinpoint Leggett as Clemson’s next star at tight end. The true freshman will be pressed into significant time this year, as the Tigers lost expected starter Sam Cooper to a torn ACL in the spring. Leggett had a strong performance in the spring game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and one score. It’s always tough for a true freshman to transition into a starting role for the season opener, but Leggett is expected to play plenty of snaps in 2013.

Deon Long, WR, Maryland
Stefon Diggs is already one of the ACC’s top receivers, and Long’s arrival should give quarterback C.J. Brown (or Ricardo Young) another dangerous weapon in the passing attack. Long played at New Mexico in 2010 and transferred to play at Iowa Western in 2011. In one year on the JUCO level, Long dominated the competition, catching 100 passes (most NJCAA history) for 1,625 yards and 25 scores. Long will require an adjustment period after transferring from the junior college ranks, but his presence will help take some of the pressure off of Diggs.

Brandon Mitchell, QB, NC State
As a graduate transfer, Mitchell has a short window of opportunity to make an impact at NC State. In three seasons with Arkansas, the Louisiana native completed 25 of 43 passes for 332 yards and three scores, while rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Mitchell also showcased his athletic ability by playing some snaps at receiver. If you want an idea of the offense coach Dave Doeren and coordinator Matt Canada want to install in Raleigh, take a look at Northern Illinois last season, which featured dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch. Mitchell is the best fit for the offense on NC State’s roster, but he also has to overcome having only one set of practices to get familiar with his new team and offense.

Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
With DeAndre Hopkins leaving for the NFL, Clemson is looking for a No. 2 target to pair with Sammy Watkins. And the coaching staff hopes Peake – a former top-100 recruit – is ready to fill that void. The South Carolina native grabbed four receptions as a true freshman in 2011 but increased his totals to 25 catches for 172 yards and two scores last year. With excellent speed and size (6-foot-3), along with two seasons of experience under his belt, Peake’s junior season should be his breakout campaign.

Caleb Peterson, OG, North Carolina
The Tar Heels simply won’t replace Jonathan Cooper’s production at guard this year. However, the offensive line still has pieces to build around, as tackle James Hurst is one of the best in the ACC and center Russell Bodine is a two-year starter. Peterson has big shoes to fill as he tries to replace Cooper, but the Alabama native was regarded as a four-star prospect in the 2012 signing class. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard will have a tough introduction to college football with a date against South Carolina in the opener. However, Peterson has the talent to stabilize the guard position and emerge as a strength by the end of the year.

Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams has flashed potential throughout his career and is poised to shine under new coach Steve Addazio. The Pennsylvania native has recorded 1,582 rushing yards and 10 scores in his career but has never topped more than 605 yards in a single season. With Addazio likely to rely more on the run, Boston College returning three starters on the offensive line, and question marks about the depth at running back, Williams could push for 1,000 yards in 2013. And with a lack of standouts returning in the ACC at this position, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams make a run at All-ACC honors.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Considering Winston’s preseason buzz has reached meteoric levels, he might be a little too obvious to put on this list. However, the redshirt freshman has the talent to have a breakout year similar to what Texas A&M got from Johnny Manziel last season. Of course, a Heisman Trophy is simply too much to ask from Winston this year, but the Alabama native will be a difference maker for Florida State, especially with one of the ACC’s best supporting casts at his disposal. If Winston lives up to the hype, the Seminoles could match last year’s 12 wins.

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One day closer to August, which means we are one day closer to the start of the 2013 season.

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Tuesday, July 23rd

Syracuse and Maryland will likely play in a non-conference series once the Terrapins depart for the Big Ten.

Is Michael Dyer close to joining Louisville for the 2013 season?

Wake Forest could be without running back Josh Harris this year.

Is Jay-Z courting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? 

Will the ACC's decline stunt Florida State's rebirth?

Michigan State receiver A.J. Troup will miss 2013 due to a knee injury.

Who are the most engaged fanbases in college football?

Are the BCS schools close to breaking away for a new division in college football? It sounds like it's more of a possibility after listening to the conference commissioners at media days.

Wisconsin's incoming JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy was the victim of a robbery in Madison.

The charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison have been dropped.

Miami coach Al Golden has a gameplan for incoming freshman Corn Elder.

Memphis is expected to land Nebraska transfer Chase Rome

One of the top freshmen in Oklahoma State's recruiting class has decided to leave the team. 

Washington should expect better production from its linebackers this year.

Counting down the top 25 Oregon State players for 2013.

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Change is the key word in Reno this year, as Nevada will have a new head coach (Brian Polian), and the team has to replace some key players on both sides of the ball.

The Wolf Pack is also updating their helmets this year, as they will wear a white variation in 2013. The blue version is pretty sharp and the same can be said about this new white scheme.

Photo tweeted by Chris Murray of Reno Gazette-Journal

 

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ULM is expected to be one of the top contenders in the Sun Belt this year, and the Warhawks will sport some new jerseys in pursuit of the conference title. 

These aren't a drastic switch from last season's uniform, but overall, this is a pretty solid look for ULM.

 

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A photo is worth a thousand words right? Well of course, except when there are times when a photo leaves you speechless.

Some of the ACC coaches spent some time in the photo booth at the conference's media days, and needless to say, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had some interesting photos. 

These two photos found their way onto the ACC's official twitter account...interesting aren't they?

 

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With the college football season just around the corner, it seems there is a different preseason poll or prediction released every day. This time, it’s the LVH, as it has released its over/under win totals for 2013.

There are some interesting totals in the over/under projections, as Louisville at 10.5 and UCLA at 6.5 seem a little low.

Athlon Sports will have more on these over/under projections over the next couple of weeks, as we will take a look at the numbers by conference.

For now, check out these over/under totals from the LVH:

 

TeamProjected Wins
Alabama11
Ohio State10.5
Oregon11
Louisville10.5
Boise State9.5
Clemson9.5
Florida State10
Texas9.5
BYU7.5
Georgia9.5
Nebraska9.5
South Carolina9.5
Stanford9.5
Florida9
LSU8.5
Miami8.5
Notre Dame8.5
Oklahoma State9.5
TCU8
Texas A&M9.5
USC9.5
Arizona State8
Michigan8.5
Michigan State8.5
Oklahoma9
Ole Miss7.5
Oregon State8
UCLA6.5
Wisconsin9
Kansas State7
Washington7.5
Northwestern7.5
Utah5.5
Nevada6
UNLV3.5

 

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Back in April, North Carolina unveiled some slight tweaks to its jersey and helmet combination for 2013.

And with ACC Media Days ongoing, the college football world is getting a better look at the Tar Heels’ new look.

Here’s the updated look at the Carolina blue helmet, which features a black logo and stripe at the top.

 

New North Carolina helmet

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Kevin SumlinTexas A&M took the SEC by storm last year. The Aggies won 11 games for the first time since 1998, soundly defeated Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and quarterback Johnny Manziel claimed the Heisman Trophy after recording 5,116 yards and 47 total touchdowns. And of course, there was the huge upset win over Alabama in mid-November.

The Aggies have their sights set even higher in 2013, as coach Kevin Sumlin’s team is poised to push for the national championship. With Manziel returning, along with a deep backfield, Texas A&M’s offense should once again be one of the best in the SEC. The defense has to get better against the run, but the secondary is expected to take a step forward in 2013, especially with De’Vante Harris and Deshazor Everett back to anchor the corner spots.

Texas A&M isn’t without question marks, as the front seven on defense is an issue, and the coaching staff needs to find a few weapons at receiver for Manziel.

What will Texas A&M's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Texas A&M's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

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8/31 Rice 
9/7 Sam Houston State 
9/14 Alabama 
9/21 SMU 
9/28 at Arkansas 
10/12 at Ole Miss 
10/19 Auburn 
10/26 Vanderbilt 
11/2 UTEP 
11/9 Mississippi State 
11/23 at LSU 
11/30 at Missouri 
Final Projection 10-210-210-211-110-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Texas A&M may find its second year in the SEC a little tougher than its debut. However, make no mistake, the Aggies are still one of the nation’s top-10 teams and a threat to play for the national championship. Even though tackle Luke Joeckel and starting center Patrick Lewis must be replaced, Texas A&M’s offensive line remains one of the best in the nation. And while quarterback Johnny Manziel may not match last year’s production, the sophomore is still in for a big year. The biggest question mark for the Aggies is the defense. Texas A&M returns five starters on that side of the ball, and replacements must be found for defensive end Damontre Moore and two starting linebackers. The secondary should take a step forward in 2013, but getting after the quarterback and stopping the run will be a concern. Even though the Aggies won in Tuscaloosa last year, I think the Crimson Tide get revenge on Sept. 14. I have Texas A&M losing to LSU on Nov. 23, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ole Miss knock off the Aggies on Oct. 12. Even with a few personnel voids to fill (and potentially two losses in SEC play), Texas A&M should be in the mix for a BCS bowl in 2013.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

As far as SEC schedules go, Texas A&M's 2013 slate isn't nearly as daunting as one would think for an SEC West team. The non-conference slate is a joke and crossover play with the East won't feature any of the big three (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina). Road trips to LSU and Ole Miss will be tricky but the Aggies could be favored in both games. Johnny Manziel has had an eventful offseason but when he is on the field, he has ice in his veins. This team is talented enough to win in Baton Rouge and Oxford but isn't deep enough to win the division. Yet.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
Texas A&M’s week three matchup against Alabama should probably be listed in bold. That game has led every list of must-see games in the 2013 season. I have Alabama winning the rematch of last year’s classic in Tuscaloosa. Don’t be surprised to see the Aggies and Crimson Tide put plenty of points on the board. Texas A&M should still be in fine shape even if it loses to Alabama. Texas A&M will have to be ready when it travels to Ole Miss, a team that was close to beating the Aggies last year. Texas A&M’s next true test will be on the road against LSU, which I have beating Texas A&M. That leaves the Aggies with a solid 10-2 record, although losses to Alabama and LSU would likely keep Texas A&M out of the SEC Championship Game.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)
Texas A&M is far better than I would have predicted for its first two years in the SEC. This was a program that barely kept its head above water in the Big 12, and now the Aggies are flourishing as an SEC team. That said, I wonder if Texas A&M seduced us with the late season win over Alabama and a bowl rout of Oklahoma. The Aggies are still going to be very good, but a repeat win over Alabama is tough to pick. Remember, last year Alabama faced Texas A&M after an emotional 21-17 win at LSU. The Tide get A&M after an off week this season, and Nick Saban’s Alabama teams rarely lose to the same team twice in a row. Chances are, Alabama’s more prepared and motivated for that game than any other on the schedule. I picked LSU to defeat Texas A&M, too. The Tigers are rebuilding on defense, but I like LSU to be ready to take on A&M by the end of the year. Overall, I’m a skeptic of Texas A&M. There may be one more loss in there, but it’s tough to pick Auburn, Mississippi State or Vanderbilt to win in College Station.

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
Raise your hand if you had ever heard of Johnny Manziel when Texas A&M joined the SEC last summer.  Keep it up if you predicted he would win the Heisman...  That's what I thought. 5,116 total yards in his first season later, and here we are. Texas A&M will legitimately compete for the SEC West Title this season, and it starts Sept 14th. You may have heard about a certain team form Alabama making their first trip as SEC foes to College Station, TX.  It's the most anticipated game of 2013, and still I have my doubts.  It's surprising to think a 10-2 season would be disappointing, but with Manziel an that offense, it would be. What role will the loss of 2 stud linemen to the NFL and Kliff Kingbury do for the Aggies?  What about going into Death Valley vs LSU, most likely in a night game? Name to remember: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
 

Mark Ross
Texas A&M gets Alabama at home, but you know the Crimson Tide, especially the defense, have had this one circled on their calendars for quite some time. If Johnny Manziel befuddles Nick Saban's team a second time, he may win another Heisman by default. Another SEC West foe that's probably licking its chops is LSU, as Manziel and company will more than likely get a taste of the Saturday night experience that is Death Valley. Even if it's not a night game, Tiger Stadium will be a tough test for the Aggies. Even with these two losses, another 10-win regular season for Kevin Sumlin's team is quite remarkable, especially considering some of the key personnel, such as Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore to name a few, they lost from last year's squad.


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Will MuschampFlorida lived a little dangerous last season, as the Gators had five games decided by eight points or less.

However, thanks to a defense that allowed just 14.5 points a game, Florida finished the regular season at 11-1 and played in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2009 season. The Gators were defeated by Louisville 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl, but coach Will Muschamp seems to have Florida back on track to being an annual top 10-15 team.

The Gators return eight starters for 2013, including quarterback Jeff Driskel. The defense loses a couple of key players, but this unit will regain the services of end/linebacker Ronald Powell – who missed all of last season with an injury – and the secondary is one of the best in college football.

The schedule makers certainly didn’t give Florida many breaks in 2013. The Gators have to travel to Miami in Week 2, play at LSU in mid-October and finish SEC action with a road trip to South Carolina on Nov. 16.

What will Florida's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Florida's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

 

GameSteven
Lassan
David
Fox
SEC
Logo
Mark
Ross 
Braden
Gall
Josh
Ward
8/31 Toledo
9/7 at Miami
9/21 Tennessee
9/28 at Kentucky
10/5 Arkansas
10/12 at LSU
10/19 at Missouri
11/2 Georgia (Jacksonville)
11/9 Vanderbilt
11/16 at South Carolina
11/23 Georgia Southern
11/30 Florida State
Final Projection9-39-311-19-310-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
How high Florida can climb in the SEC East standings will depend largely on an offense that ranked 10th in the conference in scoring last year. Despite the departure of a couple of key defenders, the Gators should still have one of the SEC’s best defenses. However, the offense struggled to find a consistent passing attack in 2012, and much of the same core is back for 2013. The offense has to replace running back Mike Gillislee, and still needs to find a couple of playmakers at receiver. The offensive line should be better with the addition of two transfers, but quarterback Jeff Driskel has to take the next step in his development. Winning the turnover battle was a key reason why Florida was 4-1 in one-score games last season, and the Gators need similar production in 2013. Much like my South Carolina prediction, I’m guessing Florida will end up 9-3. Maybe it’s not a loss to at Missouri (the Tigers only lost by seven in the Swamp last year), but I think the Gators will lose three times in 2013.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
The first five weeks look favorable for Florida, which really only faces one tough test (week 2 at Miami) before traveling to LSU. The Tigers’ health could be a question that week as they will be coming off consecutive road trips to Georgia and Mississippi State. If LSU is healthy, the Tigers should be able to take advantage of their home field and beat Florida. The Gators’ next three games – Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt – will all be tough, but I have Florida escaping all of them. But not South Carolina. The Gamecocks were too beaten up when they lost in Gainesville last year. A bye week should have them more prepared for Florida this time around. That leaves the Gators with a 10-2 record, which should put them in contention for an SEC Eastern Division title.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)

I have no idea what to make of Florida, and my picks probably reflect that. Georgia and Florida State are going to be really good, yet I have Florida winning both of those matchups. Miami might not have as good a final record as Florida, but I’ve picked the Hurricanes here. The Gators are going to be the same kind of team they were last season: Stingy on defense, but limited on offense. Florida did a lot of things great teams do last season — executing second-half adjustments and pouncing on opponents’ mistakes. But the ball control game and limitations in the passing attack mean Florida is going to be in a ton of close games again. That formula may meet its match against a high-powered offense like Miami or on the road against a team that does the same thing well (LSU, South Carolina).

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
The Gators could have the best defense in the SEC. They are stacked with names like Easley, Purifoy, Roberson, Morrison, Fowler, Powell and Bullard. Last year, Florida’s D had 20 INT’s (no fly zone), 7th best mark in the nation. It’s a pretty tricky schedule, at Miami, at LSU, Georgia, at South Carolina and FSU.  They will get a bye week early before Tennessee and another five weeks later before Georgia. Now to the bad, last year they finished 118th in the country in passing, averaging 143.6 YPG. You cannot win a National Championship with numbers like that. Name to remember: Matt Jones, RB

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

The Gators' offense will be much improved in 2013 and it should be on full display in an early non-conference test with Miami in South Florida. Should it win in Miami, Florida will be 5-0 heading into Baton Rouge to battle LSU in what could be a top 10 match-up. Should it handle it's business against teams like Florida State, Missouri and Vanderbilt in the second half, Will Muschamp will be starring directly at another 10-win season. Bouts with Georgia and South Carolina loom large in the first three weeks of November and a split either way would give the Gators a shot at a trip to Atlanta.

 

Mark Ross
Unfortunately for Florida, it didn't get many breaks when it came to scheduling. The Gators' three toughest SEC games are at LSU and South Carolina and the annual cocktail party with Georgia in Jacksonville. I've got Florida coming out on the losing end of all three of those, but beating both Miami and Florida State to capture the Sunshine State crown isn't too bad of a consolation prize, right?


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